(Whaaaaat? A morning post? I must be going crazy or something… 😀 )
Yesterday’s race was quite the success! I was focusing simply on finishing (preferably under 28-30 minutes) and planned to take it slower than I normally would in a race. I was definitely running to compete (because I’m a naturally competitive person and it was going to happen anyway…haha), but I was also running conservatively because I like my shiny new ankle the way it is and didn’t want to overdo it. 😀
I also have a bad habit of riding high on the race adrenaline and coming out strong in the first mile-ish then burning out by the end of the race. So, yesterday, I took the first mile pretty slow and gradually (then not so gradually!) picked up the pace throughout the race, leaving enough energy to really kick the last ~0.3 at the end.
Unfortunately, the race was not chip timed, so I got a little frazzled in finish-chute confusion and pulling the tab off of my bib, so I ended up stopping my Garmin a little late (it read 3.18 miles, 26:55). I figured that my time was around 26:45ish.
After checking my official time, I found out that I ran a 26:42!!
My mom has been running with me (well, we split up and run different routes in the same park) in the mornings and she also ran yesterday’s 5K!
…And my powerhouse momma finished in 34:48! After I finished, I had just enough time to grab a water, a chocolate milk, and half a banana before I headed back out to the finish line to cheer her on as she came down the last stretch. And thanks to allergies, I arrived at that race with a voice…then I ran, screamed for my mom at the finish, and talked a LOT after the race…and I left without a voice. Now I sound like a sixty-year-old man…NOT cute (but so worth it!).
Overall, I would say the race was very well organized and lots of fun! The course marshals were very encouraging and helpful, the water stations seemed to be running smoothly (I didn’t stop for water), and the volunteers were friendly (and there were a lot of them!). Being a two-loop course with a slight variation in the second loop, the course had the potential to be confusing but was actually very well marked and staffed to prevent any mishaps.
However, as I mentioned briefly above, I wish that the race had used chip timers. The finishing-chute situation was a little funky and overwhelming, but luckily did not seem to affect the accuracy of finishers’ times. Additionally, the double-loop course caused a little bit of congestion when the faster runners started to lap the slower runners/walkers.
There were also raffle prizes (based on bib numbers) – about 25 of them! – which was really cool, and the age group winners’ medals were very nice. The post-race experience in general was upbeat and fun, even if a little drawn out. 🙂
Out of all of the runners, I placed 43/329, which I would call a win since I am definitely not 100% yet! I finished the race not feeling very tired or out of breath at all, which was both frustrating and encouraging: I know I could have run faster, but I know it was a good thing that I didn’t, since I am still recovering; however, it did make me happy because I know that as my ankle continues to get stronger, I can push my pace more and hopefully bring my time down considerably!
Overall, both my mom and I enjoyed our experience at the Frederick Women’s Distance Festival 5K. Schedule permitting, I will definitely run this race again next year…hopefully a lot faster. 🙂
Today, I ran an easy 3.5 miles at 8:53 pace to stretch my legs out and give them a break after yesterday’s race. I wasn’t sore at all this morning, but I didn’t want to push the pace to give my legs a nice little break. There are plenty of other days for speedier runs. 🙂
In other news – because this just NEEDS to be talked about – how did I NOT KNOW that mini-bananas are a thing??!!
I saw them at Wegman’s the other day and it kind of blew my mind. What a genius idea! Bananas, snack-size-ified. Except…who would want to eat a little teeny banana when you could eat a banana the size of yo face? 😀 But I did want to buy them just because they were so adorable!
Did anyone else run a race this weekend? How did it go?
Tell me three things you did this weekend. 🙂
Has anyone ever tried mini-bananas?? Sorry, I’m just obsessed with those adorable little fruits! 😀